If recent reports are anything to go by, it appears Terrence Howard‘s portrayal of ‘Empire’s cut-throat dad Lucious Lyons isn’t too far from real life.
For, in an explosive accusation lifted via lawsuit courtesy of his ex-wife Michelle Ghent, Howard kicked, choked, dragged, and threatened to kill his former spouse during an altercation two years ago.
This, according to Ghent, came on the heels of years of emotional distress, defamation, physical abuse, and other implied threats. Details below:
“Terrence Howard‘s ex-wife filed suit against the actor Tuesday (July 28) claiming he assaulted her in 2013.
In the civil complaint filed in Los Angeles, Michelle Howard claims the alleged assault took place while they were staying in a rental house in Costa Rica.
On the evening of July 29, 2013, Howard “followed Plaintiff into the restroom of the rental house and punched her on the left side of her face. Defendant also grabbed Plaintiff by her neck and pushed her against the bathroom wall and strangled her for several seconds,” states the complaint. The filing continues he “grabbed her neck again and pinned her against the shower glass and her head hit the wall” when she tried to flee the room, leading the actor’s son-in-law Billy to intervene.
“While Billy tried to pry Defendant’s hands from Plaintiff’s neck, Defendant whispered to Plaintiff, ‘Remember what I told you in Bora Bora? That is what I’m gonna do,’ referring to a prior instance where Defendant told Plaintiff that her body would never leave the island,” states the complaint. “Plaintiff interpreted the reference to mean that Defendant was going to kill her.”
The story comes as yet another report of spousal abuse plaguing the ‘Empire’ star. In addition to Ghent mentioning repeated physical altercations in her divorce proceedings, in 2001 his then-wife, Lois McCommas, had him arrested for physically assaulting her.